Haha, so I’m not great at keeping to deadlines. This is part 1 of 4. 🙂
- Don’t Segregate the Youth. “We know younger generations learn as much from what they observe as from what we actually tell them. Many voices insist actions speak louder than words. What, then, are we communicating to our youth about the church when every time we gather, they go to their own room for a separate program?”
- Are you ready to have kids? This is a hilarious “test” that shows how hard parenthood is.
- Real Life Role Models Transformed Into Disney Princesses. This is great. It’s a reaction to Disney’s giving Merida from Brave a makeover when awarding her the title of “Disney Princess”.
- Redesign Your Brain: TV Review. This is a great review. I’m going to watch the programme now.
- Turbo: Movie Review. “Kids film’s are great for encouraging little minds to dream big dreams, and DreamWorks’ latest animated tale Turbo is that sort of ‘be all you can be’ story. However, we should all pause for thought when a film identifies ‘mother nature’ as the problem.”
- Five tips for a shiny clean kitchen. This is seriously useful.
- 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World. Some of these are so simple it’s mind-blowing.
- The art of political assassination. Great article about Rupert Murdoch’s role in the recent election.
- Mixing Religion and Politics. John Dickson wrote a guide on how to vote for the last election. I thought it was really helpful.
Gender and Sexuality
- The Blurred Lines of Real Manhood (Robin Thicke, I’m Looking In Your Direction). After the VMA in the US in August, everyone was shaming Miley for behaving as she did. This blogger was more disgusted by Robin Thicke – with good reason.
- ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is no excuse for bad behaviour.
- Fierce Women. “There are rumors out there, perhaps deliberately sown or perhaps just based on a misunderstanding, that men who hold to complementarian theology want their women weak. There are some who state that those who believe God has created men and women to fulfil different functions and to take on different roles in life and marriage want women to be pushovers or doormats. Stuff and nonsense, I say.”
- The Gay Community and That One Time Jesus Called Me the ‘N-word’.“There is someone that I love even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is……me.”
- You’re worth it. “The brooding “I wish you could see how amazing you are” bloke in the video gets the cart before the horse. He says that God looked at women and saw something worth dying for. It goes the other way around.”
- The Contagious Chain of Missionary Zeal. “The missionary spirit is utterly contagious. Even just one life burning brightly for the gospel can ignite the hearts of hundreds of others for generations to come.”
- From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs. “Pastor Gerecke’s story has already been told (see links below), but it deserves to be retold, again and again, to every generation, for two important reasons. The first has to do with the men to whom he ministered, the ones who repented and believed in Christ. The scandal of Christianity is not that these men went to heaven; it is that God loved them so much that he was willing to die to get them there. Had it been a human decision, many would have thrown these men, guilty of such atrocities, into the flames of hell.”
- titleWhy you can be reasonably sure that Christianity was not a Roman conspiracy. “There’s another Bible conspiracy theory doing the rounds. Each of these is more inane than the last. And each gets media attention from the tabloids. First there was the claim, from a guy named Reza Aslan, that Jesus was a zealot. A political revolutionary. A rebel. Now we have the apparently completely antithetical claim – that Jesus was a pawn of the Roman empire. An invention. Designed to bring the Jews into line and have them adopt pacifism.”
- 5 Famous Inventors (Who Stole Their Big Idea). I think no one will be surprised to see Thomas Edison on this list.
Health and Wellbeing
- Beginner’s Health and Fitness Guide.
- The “D” in OCD. “Why be so picky about the “D”? When we add “D” — or disorder — to the end of a personality trait or mood state (e.g., depression) it is meant to indicate something very important: intensity. Let’s consider another commonly used phrase: “I’m so depressed.” When people say this, what they mean is that they are feeling a little down, sad, without energy to do anything, etc.”
- Depression part two. An excellent description of depression.
- Eating, Body Image, and the Gospel.
- ERP Therapy: A Good Choice for Treating OCD. One person’s account of exposure and response prevention therapy.
- Helping a depressed person. “5 things you shouldn’t say to a depressed person (and 3 things that you should).”
- 4 Things No One Tells You About Having OCD. This is the article that made me realise the true implications of my disease. For that, it’s one of my favourite articles ever.